Monday, June 27, 2016

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2016 CROTON ARBORETUM GARDEN TOUR!

Here is the info on the gardens and how to order tickets.

2016 Arboretum Garden Tour

The Croton Arboretum’s 20th annual garden tour will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. This ever-popular event will offer participants a private, self-guided tour of a variety of beautiful gardens in the Croton, Cortlandt, and Ossining areas. Tour coordinator Laura Seitz has selected a diverse group of landscape settings created by local residents who have generously offered to open their private gardens to the public. The sites on the tour are:

A magnificent seven-acre garden, 28 years in the making, with 500 blooming lotus plants in a pond fed by a 14th century gargoyle, four greenhouses for tropical plants, a vegetable garden, cactus garden, and a giant bamboo garden.

A pair of his-and-hers gardens created by a master gardener, who devoted hers to vegetables and perennials—many natives of this area that she has raised from seed and nurtured with organic fertilizer—and her husband, whose garden features huge, spectacular plants. The ensemble presents a range of horticultural interests that is unusual on a suburban plot.

A village garden, started on a small scale many years ago but then expanded greatly when the owners purchased the lot next door, cleared the land, and brought in bricks for paths bit-by-bit from the abandoned brickworks at George’s Island. They reconfigured old foundations into a pond with waterfalls and koi fish, and built a gazebo next to it, surrounded by hundreds of hostas and other plants.

A charming multi-level flower and vegetable garden, with a broad deck leading to a lawn and then to flower beds with herbs and vegetables in the mix, flowing informally down a gentle slope to a very productive vegetable garden. Hurricane Sandy did a great deal of damage here, but a wonderful restoration occurred and returned this lovely garden to the quiet peaceful place it used to be in the midst of a very busy corner of the village.

An exquisite garden on a terraced hillside plot, developed with a particular eye to color—colors in blocks, colors that complement each other, and colors that reflect the gardener’s special interest in bicolor plants. The garden also includes some unusual plants, including an enormous tricolor willow and a twelve foot high ironweed. This is an example of how an incredibly beautiful garden can be made from familiar plants, often grown from seed or acquired locally, and then grown impeccably.

Tickets for the tour are $20 each (or $35 for two, if purchased in advance). The tour is limited to 200 participants, so order your tickets today by calling (914) 487-3830.

Tour maps and any remaining tickets will be available on Sunday, July 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 6 Old Post Road North (at the corner of Grand Street), Croton-on-Hudson. The tour takes place rain or shine. Refreshments are provided.

All tour profits benefit the Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides environmental stewardship for 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Arboretum in Croton-on-Hudson. For more information visit www.crotonarboretum.org.

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